Nursing (NURS) 327

Home Health Nursing (Revision 2)

Temporarily closed, effective March 3, 2014.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

**Note: Follow directions on the [Undergraduate Course Registration] form to register in the course. Online course materials cannot be accessed prior to your course contract start date.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: NURS 328

Precluded Course: NURS 327 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NURS 493.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

NURS 327 is not available for Challenge.


Nursing 327: Home Health Nursing provides students with an opportunity to explore home health nursing within an ever-changing health care system. Students explore the roles, settings, trends, and issues that are relevant to nurses working in home health care as well as nurses discharging clients to home health care.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of NURS 327, the student will achieve or exceed the following learning outcomes:

  • Be familiar with the models of home health care in a Canadian context;
  • Understand the roles of the home health nurse;
  • Recognize the settings of home health nursing;
  • Discuss the implications of a variety of caregivers in the home;
  • Describe the challenges and current issues in home health nursing;
  • Discuss the role of case management or discharge planning for the client receiving home health care.

Course Structure

There are nine units in NURS 327:

  • Unit 1: Guests in the House, Strangers in the Home: An Introduction to Home Health Nursing
  • Unit 2: Managing the Maze of Models in Home Health Nursing
  • Unit 3: From the Cradle to the Grave: The Continuum in the Home
  • Unit 4: Being a Generalist in a Specialist World: The Role of the Nurse in the Home
  • Unit 5: Caregivers in the Home
  • Unit 6: Family, Friends and Volunteers in the Home
  • Unit 7: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Home Health Nursing
  • Unit 8: Health Technology, Information Technology and Telehealth in the Home
  • Unit 9: Case Management or Discharge Planning? That is the Question!


To receive credit for NURS 327, students must complete and submit all of the required assignments and achieve a composite grade of at least “C-” (60%). Effective January 1, 2010, all papers submitted must follow the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) (2010).

The assignments and weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Online Participation 20%
Home Health Nursing Initiative 40%
Scholarly Paper
Choose one of the following options:
Option A: Application of Concepts to Initiative
Option B: Home Health Topic
Option C: Discharge Plan
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Rice, R. (2006). Home care nursing practice: Concepts and application (4th ed.). Toronto: Mosby.

Other Materials

Students will receive an Access Letter in the course package with instructions for gaining access to this online course. A variety of electronic journal articles and websites are used in the course and paper copies are not included in the course package.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, June 12, 2006.

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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services